Global Communities Commissions Two Small Town Water Systems at Kalba and Tinjaase in Commemoration of World Water Day

Global Communities, under the USAID-funded Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for Health project has commissioned two Small Town Water Systems in Kalba and Tinjase in commemoration of the upcoming World Water Day. in the Savannah and Oti Regions. The Small Town Water Systems construction is part of a larger plan to provide potable water access under the WASH for Health project, which started in 2015.  

Kalba & Tinjase Water Systems

Both systems comprise the mechanization of two high-yielding boreholes with photovoltaic (Solar) as the primary source of energy. The boreholes' output is 568m3 per day and 630m3 per day for Kalba and Tinjase, respectively. Each community has 100,000 liters of elevated water storage tank at 12m above ground level. The water is pumped into these tanks, then distributed through distribution lines to public standpipes, institutions, and households already connected. In line with SDG6, all institutions in these communities were connected. A total of 54 households were connected during the construction phase. The cost of the two water systems is GH¢5.4 million.

Components of the Water System

Kalba

Tinjase

Mechanized Boreholes

2 with integrated Photovoltaic System

2 with integrated Photovoltaic System

Elevated Tank Capacity

100,000 Liters at 12m above ground

100,000Liters at 12m above ground

Total Length of Distribution Lines

11.4 kilometers

10.5 kilometers

Institutions Connected

5 (Health Center, 2 Basic Schools, Police Station, immigration)

3 (CHPS Compound, Basic School, Police Station)

Households Connected

21

41

Population

4,500

5,000

                                   

Access to Water under the WASH for Health Project

Since 2015 the project has  provided access to safe drinking water to communities, health facilities and  schools. To date, 220 boreholes have been drilled for communities across Ghana, with approximately 60,000 people gaining access to safe water; 53 mechanized boreholes have been provided  to health facilities and  schools. Four water systems, including these two, have been handed over to deprived communities in Ntankorful, Tuna, Kalba, and Tinjase. Construction works for two more water systems are underway at Mandari and Bonakye in Bole and Nkwanta South districts.

Background of  WASH for Health Project

WASH for Health is a water and sanitation project initiated in 2015 and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The project works to accelerate sustainable improvement in water and sanitation access and improve hygiene behaviors in some districts in Ghana.

Due to a Constitutional Instrument for the Regions' re-demarcation in Ghana, from 10 to 16 regions, WASH for Health is currently present in nine regions: Northern, North-East, Savannah, Volta, Oti, Western, Western-North,  Central and Greater Accra.

Region: Africa, Ghana
Area of expertise: Water, Sanitation, Hygiene